Candle making is an art that offers creative opportunities for creative people. There are several ways of decorating candles aesthetically using dyes, and decorations such as flowers, leaves, beads, buttons, etc. You can give unique effects by adding ice pieces, chunks of wax etc and a snowy effect by whisking up wax a bit. Here we have given the materials needed and basic method for making a candle. You can also try out the various ways in which a plain candle can be made to look spectacular.
- Wax - Paraffin wax or Bee wax
- Mould - Rigid and Flexible (Readymade Moulds) moulds are available in different shapes and sizes.
- Wicks - Braided cotton wicks are available in flat and round shapes in different thickness or sizes.
- Wicking Needle
- Mould seal
- Candle Dyes or crayons
- Double boiler
Wax are of two types. Paraffin (a by product of oil refining) and Bee Wax (a natural product). They are usually available as blocks. Paraffin wax are also available as Cylinders or flakes. Apart from blocks, Bee wax is also available as thin sheets. This sheets can be rolled with a wick inserted to make hand made candles.
Rigid and flexible candle moulds are available from craft shops or else we can use any heat resistant materials like steel, tin or aluminum as moulds for making candle. Pots, cake moulds, egg shells, cans or tins with their top part removed make good moulds.
Wax soluble dyes are available from shops to give colour to the candles. They are also available in powder form. We can use Poster paints and wax crayons instead of Readymade wax dyes.Procedure to make a Basic candle :
To release the candle from a rigid mould invert it and give it a gentle tap. Carefully peal off a flexible mold (for example an eggshell), starting at the top and pealing the mould gently all around the candle.
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